Posted by: Christie Tonks | November 8, 2016



This is where you will find information about Christie Tonks
Remedial Soft Tissue Therapist, specialising in myofascial release for structural balance.

If you wish to make an appointment please call or text me on
0459 547 681 or email:

I look forward to meeting you soon,


Posted by: Christie Tonks | February 3, 2015

Two Day Massage Course

What you can expect from this two day beginners massage course.

  • The course runs from 9am until 5pm on a Saturday and Sunday 1st & 2nd August 2015
  • There is a minimum of four and a maximum of six people, so all students get plenty of time to ask questions and allows for extra demonstration if necessary
  • We take an hour for lunch each day and I also provide healthy snacks, water and herbal teas through out the two days
  • 20 page course book with photographs and explanations of each massage routine
  • The class is formatted so that we have mainly practical hands on massage but also a little bit of theory which goes through basic anatomy and physiology, massage safety (contraindications), types of oils and what to look for if buying a table
  • Full demonstration of massage techniques and appropriate draping methods to the back, legs, feet, arms, face and scalp either on someone in the class or preferably on volunteers not attending the class.  After demonstration of each section of the body you will then massage your class partner before swapping so that they can experience giving and you receiving the massage treatment.
  • This is not a certification course but you will be given a certificate of attendance.  This is an ideal course to allow you to experience giving a professional style massage before you make the larger financial commitment to a college course or for those who just want to learn how to massage a close friend or partner.
  • Cost $280 early bird (deposit paid before 18th July),  $330 enrolment after 18th July.

To download the enrolment form click here for word format     or     here for the PDF Email me at to express your interest

Posted by: Christie Tonks | January 20, 2015

Tai Chi for falls prevention and wellbeing

Tai Chi on the Tablelands

Atherton:Wednesday 2-3pm – Falls Prevention & Shibashi

Cafeteria, Merrilands Hall, Atherton Showgrounds

Gold Coin Donation

Phone: Community Health: 40910263


Atherton  :Thursday 9.30 – 10.30 am – Shibashi

Hallorans Hill, Atherton

Cost: Gold coin donation

Phone: Lesley 4095 3926 


Malanda:Thursdays: 9 -10 am – Falls Prevention & Shibashi

Malanda Show Pavilion,

Gold Coin Donation

Phone: Del 40966227, Lyn, 40968281


Mareeba: Tuesday9.30 am –Falls Prevention & Shibashi

Community Health Centre Mareeba

Phone: Annette  4091 0263


Ravenshoe: Monday 10 am, Marshall Park near Ravenshoe

Cost: $ 2 gold coin donation

Phone: Dylys  0429 180 009


Yungaburra:Monday 5 pm– Falls Prevention & Shibashi

Yungaburra School Undercover Area

(Ash Street entrance)

Phone: Maria  4095 3784


Atherton :Tuesday 9am -10am, Hugh’s Ballroom, 3 grove St. Atherton

Tai Chi Gung Taoist Style

Cost: $10.00 donation per class

Phone: Anne Pierson – 40966753 or 0427338639


Every time I do one of the Anatomy Trains courses I come away with a revitalised zest for the work I do.  Looking at a persons body to see their unique pattern and then having to work out how I should ‘re-sculpt’ them in order to take them out of pain and discomfort, makes my job challenging but incredibly rewarding.  Massage is, like many an occupation, a job that can get mundane if you allow it to.  It’s easy for a therapist to do their standard treatment because most people are very happy to lie on a table and be rubbed, and the therapist is rewarded with much praise at the end – great for the ego, great job satisfaction!  Don’t get me wrong I still see a great benefit to a standard massage treatment for many of us, but sometimes during a treatment we may need to be involved a little more than we are for a ‘rub’.  Fascia release often ‘involves’ the person on the table – they are active in the treatment, they are required to perform slow movement in order to allow the therapist to engage with the tissue being worked on.
I had a few light bulb moments during this course, and our teacher, James Earls made the more mind boggling, brain spinning moments a little easier with his patience and tolerance at being asked the same question for the ‘enth time, re-wording his answer in the hope that a penny would drop.
Body reading; looking at a person’s unique pattern to see their tilts, rotations and bends – this is the key to being able to plan an effective treatment.  Once the body reading has been mastered it can be applied to any bodywork modality.  For example if the pattern shows the person has a more exaggerated outward rotation of the Glenohumeral joint, then working the external rotators of this joint will have some effect.  However the therapist should have a clear understanding of what the intention of their work is, by this I mean they should be asking the questions: why am I doing this stroke/manipulation/movement? what purpose is it serving? what will be the result?  In asking these questions it may be necessary to delve a little deeper in thought (excuse the pun – and actually sometimes it maybe necessary to, with a sensitive touch, delve a little deeper) and ask, is this move lengthening the connective tissue surrounding this structure?  Because ultimately that is the intention; to ease the compression patterns and give the body more room to move, glide and be free of restriction and pain.
So I am hooked and I am keen to continue with the other modules and go through a full series of structural integration work on my own body, to become a practitioner of structural integration.  Perhaps now is the right time to do it after many years of procrastination or should I say deepening my understanding of this work. Perhaps having had these more illuminating moments during this course I am ready…. watch this space.

Posted by: Christie Tonks | March 21, 2014


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Posted by: Christie Tonks | March 4, 2014

Ortho-Bionomy Phase Four 1st & 2nd March 2014

Hopefully this is going to be a new bow to my arrow in my armory of ways to help people with their musculo-skeletal dysfunction.  But bows, arrows and armories all sound very antagonistic, things to do battle with. Well Ortho-Bionomy is certainly not about doing battle with the clients body.  It is all about working with the body.  Finding which way the body wants to move, tilt, rotate or shift and going with those patterns in an exaggerated way to give the proprioceptive nerve cells the chance to initiate self correction.  Someone once described how Ortho-Bionomy worked to me like this:  ‘if you have a knot in a piece of string you don’t pull it tighter to undo it, you push the string together to encourage some slack so that you  can then untie the knot.  Ortho-Bionomy utilises moves that are akin to encouraging the slack and the proprioceptive cells then signal the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments to correct or come out of dysfunctional patterns, a bit like the fingers & nails dexterously working away to untie the string once some slack has come into play’.

There was a lot to learn on this course and I can see why the society of Ortho-Bionomy state that a person who is in training to be a practitioner of OB must repeat phase four no less than four times.  Many of the moves and release points are precise and need to be honed as does the practitioners sense of awareness of when the client’s tissues recoil or rebound.  Honing I will be doing on my always accommodating other half Paul and close friends until I am confident enough to start bringing this into practice.

Posted by: Christie Tonks | July 4, 2013

EmmTech Course 29th June 2013

A short course of the most frequently used Emmett techniques for common muscular skeletal discomfort, pain and limited movement and what a nice change to have the teacher come to us.

Last week I spent two days teaching massage to couples and close friends to do on each other.  This was the first course that I have taught here in my new clinic so I was a little bit nervous on the lead up to it but as time grew closer I realised that I had prepared well and couldn’t wait to get going.  I really wanted the participants to be able to go away at the end of the two days with confidence that they could do a massage on each other that was going to feel good to both the giver and the receiver.  I wanted to show them how to massage for an hour so that their body could get through it without them wanting to jump on the table at the end and demand an immediate return of the favour.  I wanted the person on the table to be relaxed enough to fall asleep or make the occasional sigh of contentment.  And lo and behold that is what happened.  By the end of the two days each person gave a one hour relaxation massage to their partner and each partner dutifully laid there with only a return to consciousness at the point of “please turn over”.

If you are interested in doing the next course this is what you can expect:

  • Only two couples / close friends per course – giving quality time for questions and re-assurance whilst doing the practical hands on stuff
  • 20 page student course book with information about safety, anatomy & physiology, equipment and photographs of the massage routine
  • Light snacks and refreshments provided throughout the course to keep your energy levels up and prevent de-hydration
  • Techniques shown to hone your palpation skills so that you know what you are feeling for
  • Some basic anatomy and physiology so that you know what you are working on
  • Learn when it is not safe to massage and when to be cautious
  • learn different ways to use your hands, forearms and fingers to perform a massage that will make your partners tension melt but keep you from wilting.
  • Bite sized learning stages for easier learning.  Taught in this order – Back, Legs, Feet, Arms, Neck, Face & Scalp
  • Discover how different oils can feel on the skin and which you would prefer to use
  • Certificate of completion

Please email me to register your interest and be notified when the next course is happening.

Posted by: Christie Tonks | March 18, 2013

Emmett Technique 15/16 March 2013

I have been waiting for an opportunity to do this course with Ross Emmett for some time.  Good quality continuing education that I don’t have to get on a plane to do is a rare thing.  So I drove down to Townsville, hoping that cyclone Tim didn’t decide to move west and arrived ready to learn a new technique.

The simplicity of Emmett Technique is what makes it remarkable.  The therapist uses light pressure at set points, which we learned on the course, and waits for a response of some kind from the recipient.  Anyone can learn it –  as in you don’t have to have any prior bodywork experience – but as a therapist of 17 years I am glad that I have my palpation skills honed as some of the responses to say that the body has registered the pressure are subtle to say the least.

I started using the few but effective techniques learned on this course (modules 1 & 2) from my first day back in clinic and wow what a positive response I have had!!  People like it.  It is unintrusive yet brings focus to the area, not only to the persons conscious mind but to the nerve cells within the tissues, which then respond by easing tension and bringing about a more balanced body.

Despite the fact that this was the first two of the six modules required for someone who wants to be recognised by Ross as a Practitioner of this technique I am guessing they are the most commonly used moves.  The focus of the moves are to the lower back, piriformis, rhomboids and neck.  All common areas of muscular skeletal dysfunction and everyday niggles to most of us.

So the next course for me in this lovely technique will be the EmmTech course.  A course designed to bring the most commonly used moves from all the six modules into a one day workshop for anyone who wants to bring ease to peoples’ pain and discomfort.  I’m looking forward to it.

Posted by: Christie Tonks | February 4, 2013

Give it that extra touch this Valentines Day

Give it that extra touch this Valentines Day.  Check out the fantastic packages I have put together for you to express your love to that extra special person in your life this year. Click on the Valentines Day tab above to check out the packages or the gift voucher tab to pre-order a personalised gift card.  Don’t delay, order today… especially if you would like to have flowers or chocolates (or both) presented to your loved on the day at the end of their treatment.

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